A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W Y
Pamela Vail began dancing when she was six years old. She went on to receive a BA in Dance and Sociology from Middlebury College, and an MFA in Dance from Smith College. For the past five years, she has been living and dancing professionally in New York City. She is a founding member of Yanira Castro & Company with whom she has been performing, touring, and teaching for four years. She has also worked with such artists as Heidi Henderson, Fritha Pengaly, Peter Schmitz, and Wendy Woodson. She continues to choreograph her own work and is actively teaching. In the fall of 1999 she temporarily relocated to Vermont to teach a semester at Middlebury College as Visiting Lecturer in Dance.
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I was born in Santo Domingo - the capital of the Dominican Republic. I started dancing with family and friends from a young age. I first danced Ballet Folklarico in my city. My further inspiration was my older brother who was a professional dancer in my country. He competed, performed, and practiced with the Grupo Cinatico. I practiced in his class but performed with different groups. The first group was Los Donkin. The second group was Los Audaces. After this, I formed a group to put on shows combining dance and comedy. Genuinoa's Show was seen throughout the country in clubs, on television, and at festivals. Alos at that time, I started to teach Genuinoa's dancers.
I taught five years in the Dominican Republic before coming to the United States. I have been teaching latin dancing for 11 years here in Providence, RI. The usual format is an aerobic exercise that includes styling and steps used in partnered dancing that follows. This is followed by lessons consisting of salsa, merengue, and batchata.
In Rhode Island, I have done presentations at the Dominican Independence Day Festival, the Colombian Independence Day Festival, Puerto Rican Independence Day Festival, and once at Waterfire. In addition, I have done presentations and taught lessons (separate from my studio) at various clubs including El Danubio, La Cabata, Mi Sueato, International Club, and La Fragancia
I help the community by teaching classes for the children and preparing them for presentations in festivals and in the schools. In addition, I plan the choreography for the older children in preparation for the quinceaatera. I also help prepare dances for weddings and other events.
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Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Theater, Lyrical
Born and raised in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Kimbery Venable has been dancing her whole life. In 1996, she danced in the Russian Moscow Ballet's Nutcracker and was crowned Young Ms. Dance Educators of America in 2000. She has performed with the Rhode Island Ballet theater in Debut, Alice in Wonderland, Dreamcatcher, Steamheat and All That Jazz and with the Island Moving Company in The Steadfast Tin Soldier. She has also studied with the Newport Academy of Ballet and Festival Ballet. In the summer of 2001 Kimbery was invited to travel around the nation teaching and performing with the Dance Olympus Competition faculty and took second place at the World Dance Championships held in Riesa, Germany in November of 2002. She now studies at Sherry Gold's Dance studio in Brockton, Massachusetts, which has been named "One of the top 50 Dance Studios to Watch in 2003" by Dance Spirit Magazine, and Dance Teacher Magazine.
Dancer, faculty, teacher
Jazz, tap, modern
Angelica Vessella (also Cardenta-Vessella) is the director of the Vessella Dance Project, a professional jazz/tap dance group, and is the owner of Neon Dance Theatre in Johnston. She is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at RIC where she teaches beginner and intermediate jazz dance. She has performed professionally at Jacob's Pillow with Paula Hunter, and in 1992 she performed with Marta Renzi and the Project Dance Company in New York at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Coney Island, and Central Park Summer Stage. Her work has been performed at the American College Dance Festival and she has choreographed for Providence College and the Rhode Island College Dance Companies. The Vessella Dance Project, which dances primarily Angelica's choreography, holds a concert every year in the fall. In 2002, she was the rehearsal director to the four college cast (Brown University, Roger Williams College, Providence College and Rhode Island College) of Danny Buraceski's re-creation of an historical jazz piece by Jack Cole where she worked under master jazz dance artist and director of Minnesota-based JazzDance, Danny Buraceski.
A 1997 graduate of Rhode Island College, where as a student, she performed with the RIC Company working with many choreographers including Gus Solomos Jr, Jim Coleman and Therese Freedman, Daniele McCusker, and Elizabeth Streb. While there, she was the recipient of the Yetta Rauch Melcer Award for excellence in dance, and in 2002 Rhode Island College awarded her the Dance Honoree Alumni Award for exemplary achievements in her chosen field.
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Educator, Teacher, Founder
International Association for Creative Dance
Doug has taught creative dance for over 30 years. In addition to his private teaching, he is on the national faculty of the Creative Arts in Learning Graduate Program at Lesley University in Cambridge and is an adjunct at Salve Regina University. A founder of the International Association for Creative Dance, he has most recently taught in Hilo, Hawaii; Eugene, Oregon; Las Vegas, Nevada; Tacoma and Vancouver, Washington; and Oaxaca, Mexico. In 2002, Doug presented at the Sacred Dance Guild Festival at Franklin Pierce College, Rindge, New Hampshire and IACD's Creative Dance Congress in Tucson, Arizona. He will be teaching in many locations this year including Middlebury College's Breadloaf Program in Santa Fe, University of Washington's Child Development Center in Vancouver, the Creative Dance Congress at Hampshire College, and Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Maui.
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ADDRESS: 103 Princeton Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
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Marisa Vincent is the coach and choreographer for the URI Dance Team - The Ramettes. She has been their coach for four years, and before that danced with them for two seasons as a player coach. In addition she teaches Hip Hop and Jazz at Modern Jazz Dance Company - Center of the Arts in Providence where she studied jazz for over fifteen years with Elaine Colaneri. In addition she has 10 years of classical ballet training with Festival Ballet.
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Kate Vivian is the Coordinator for the Towers in Narragansett. A long time social dancer, she has the background to pick mostly dancer-friendly bands for the Towers' summer (and into the fall) music series.
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ADDRESS: The Towers/PO Box 3330/Narragansett, RI 02882